The Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion is the home to The Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. This unique, 113,260 square foot pavilion supports the school in its effort to offer undergraduate and graduate students a rigorous, integrated curriculum grounded in the sciences and the Catholic, Benedictine tradition. The pavilion's first four buildings had renovation and new construction between 2010-2013 that comprised 102,000 square feet. In 2017 the James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall added an additional 11,260 square feet of space to the pavilion. These principles create an environment for study characterized by mutual respect, personal attention and open dialogue.
Inside the pavilion, to support the Boyer School, you will also find:
Outside the pavilion, and a short walk, you will find:
The Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion at Saint Vincent College is more than just a building. It's a symbol of the school's commitment to science education. I am particularly impressed by the facility's innovative design elements -- inspired by science and math themes -- alongside its multi-use labs where different sciences can cross-pollinate their methods, tools, and ideas toward a greater understanding of the physical world.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
Saint Vincent College is proud to have the Angelo J. Taiani Planetarium and Astronaut Exhibit in the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion where public planetarium shows are regularly scheduled. Shows are conducted by one of the members of the College’s Department of Physics – Dr. John Smetanka, Dr. Dan Vanden Berk or Br. Lawrence Machia, O.S.B.
All shows are free of charge. Because of limited seating we ask that reservations be made by calling the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Computing at 724-805-2631, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional public shows may be added based on demand. Private shows can also be scheduled for groups of 15 to 35 people. We especially welcome scout groups by appointments who wish to fulfill requirements for merit badges. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Boyer School.
This color image was taken this summer with the 14-inch Schmitt-Cassegrain telescope at the Saint Vincent College Observatory. Narrow-band filters were used to highlight shocked Hydrogen (red) and Oxygen (blue) plasma. The Veil Nebula is the remnant of a supernovae, the explosion of a massive star, several thousand years ago. This is one example of the many astrophysical phenomena visualized and discussed in the Planetarium shows.
In light of the ongoing concerns surrounding the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Vincent College has cancelled spring shows.
For reservations, please call 724-805-2631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Dr. Frank Luparello Lecture Hall pays tribute to an outstanding teacher and physician, the late Dr. Frank Luparello, C'49. Dr. Luparello's illustrious medical career spanned more than 50 years, which all began with the Benedictine teachers he had as an undergraduate pre-med student at Saint Vincent.
The Digital Imaging Lab (DIL) is supported by a National Science Foundation Course Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement Grant #0510230 and Saint Vincent College
The Digital Imaging Lab is utilized by faculty and students throughout the natural science curriculum for inquiry-based classroom and/or laboratory-based activities and for faculty and student research projects.
The DIL occupies rooms 207 and 208 in the biology building. Room 207 houses the Molecular Imager and Multidetection Microtiter Plate Reader, while room 208 houses the Microscopy Suite which is equipped with student and instructor stations for imaging with four types of microscopy.
The DIL facility consists of eight student microscopy stations, one instructor station, and a molecular imaging station, each with image acquisition and analysis capability. In all, there are thirteen microscopes, representing four types of optical microscopy (compound, inverted, stereo, and polarizing).
Each of the eight student stations are outfitted with modified Olympus CX41 upright microscopes with capacity for bright field, phase contrast, dark field, and three-color fluorescence microscopy. All eight microscopes are equipped with a dedicated 5 megapixel Olympus Q-color 5 cooled color digital camera connected to a PC loaded with four types of image analysis software.
The instructor station contains two microscopes, a Olympus BX-51 research-grade upright microscope with bright field, dark field, fluorescence, and differential interference contrast (DIC) capabilities, and a Olympus IX51 research-grade inverted microscope with phase contrast and fluorescence functionalities for cell culture work. A PC-connected 12.1 megapixel Olympus DP70 megapixel cooled color camera resident at the station can be mounted to either scope.
The facility also contains two Olympus SZX-9 student/research grade dissection microscopes that can be readily connected to any of the camera-PC combinations and one Olympus CX-31 Pol student-grade polarizing microscope with a 360° stage for examination of thin sections of minerals and amyloid bundles in prion-containing yeast cells and cultured neurons.
An Epson 3000 lumens wireless digital projector projects images from the various stages for group viewing.
A Fuji LAS-3000 molecular imager used to digitize and quantitatively analyze 1-D and 2-D protein gels, nucleic acid gels, and fluorescent or chemiluminescent protein or nucleic acid blots.
Microtiter Plate Reader
A Biotek Synergy HT multi-detection microtiter plate reader with capabilities for absorbance monitoring between 200-1000nm, fluorescence (top or bottom read), time-resolved fluorescence, luminescence, sample injection, incubation and shaking is used to quantify reactions or assays in 6-384 well plates.
The centerpiece of the James F. Will Hall is the Ralph H. Liberatore Human Anatomy Suite, an expansive, state-of -the-art laboratory space suitable for medical training sessions for physicians and surgeons. The laboratory is equipped with six surgical stations for anatomical research. In addition to supporting our growing programs in the health sciences, the lab will be available for use by physicians, health care agencies and medical device companies for surgical training sessions, continuing medical education and research. The facility features advanced audio and video capabilities, including a teaching station equipped with cameras and multiple monitors to enhance instruction. Support facilities for the human anatomy laboratory include a technologically-equipped conference room, a lab preparation space, a refrigerated storage area and spacious locker and changing rooms. We have the equipment and facilities to suit our clients’ diverse needs.
The Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve provide students with outdoor laboratories and places on campus to relax in a natural setting.
Used by senior research students in chemistry as well as for courses such as Advanced Chemical Methods, this lab is equipped with 3 Schlenk lines for airfree chemical syntheses as well as an Mbraun inert atmosphere glovebox, which allows our faculty and students to work in an atmosphere that facilitates their work with materials that are sensitive to water and oxygen. Again, most schools our size don’t have this type of equipment. These will be found in industry or graduate research institutions. It allows a harder synthesis. It is like trying to make something that is sensitive to oxygen easier to work there. It uses an argon atmosphere to keep oxygen and moisture out.
The lab is used by senior research students and faculty in biology, environmental science and psychology. It is part of the Life Sciences Research Facility which includes four animal holding rooms, a cage-washing room, two storage rooms and a procedure room. It is used by senior research students and faculty members for research projects meeting federal standards of animal care.
The greenhouse contains 454 square feet of plant shelving divided between two rooms. The climate of each room can be controlled individually using a computer interface that automatically adjusts roof shades, lighting, heat, air circulation, cooling fans and humidity via an advanced misting system. The greenhouse is used for growing plants for the Saint Vincent community along with classes in biology. In addition, senior research students from biology and environmental science utilize this space for botany and animal research.
The Analytical & Physical Research Lab is used primarily for physical chemistry teaching and research. It is equipped with a wide variety of light sources, lasers, spectrometers, oscilloscopes and other electronic devices to investigate physical chemistry phenomena. Students have used this lab to study techniques such as photocatalysis and nanoparticle synthesis, which can be used to benefit environmental and biological systems.
This facility houses the instrumention for the chemistry department and is used by our analytical chemistry courses. One of the things that we are proud to say is that we have a rich array of instruments and our students get to use them. We have an array of instruments such as they would see in a graduate research lab or in an industrial lab. Our instruments may not be of the same size or have the precision that you might find in industry or in a graduate research institution but they operate under the same principles. Our students have hands-on training and experiences with them, and they can then go out and use them in industrial labs or in graduate research labs. One thing we are proud to say about the Instrument Laboratory and our chemistry program in general is that they are set up for students to learn to use the instruments and to learn how to troubleshoot them. This is in contrast or opposed to handing the solutions to a laboratory technician who will then run the sample and give the results back. This hands-on experience gives our students a leg up in having a variety of experiences with instruments. Among the instruments in this lab are the ion chromatograph (IC) and Gas Chromatography Mass spectrometer (GC Mass Spec). These are used to separate and identify components in a mixture.
Used for Modern Physics I, Optics and Advanced Lab, this lab offers various modern physics related experiments, including:
There is also holography equipment used to make holograms. The lab also contains various other optical equipment and a dark room.
The General Computing Lab houses 24 desktop computers loaded with various computer programs used by Boyer School majors plus 2 printers.
The following courses are taught in this lab:
The lab is also open to students for working on assignments and as study space.